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Midnight Magic Crape Myrtle

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Do you love crape myrtles but hate the diseases associated with them? Meet the new and improved First Editions® Magic™ Crape Myrtle Series. These crape myrtles showcase new color combinations, compact size, and disease resistance.

The Midnight Magic™ Crape Myrtle is a new and improved variety of crape myrtle. The small size of these shrubs allows it to be used as a shrub or a tree. It is great to put in spaces that are too small for your average Crape Myrtle. The plum purple foliage is dark year round and dark pink flowers provide a great contrast. Not only is this shrub compact in size and stunning in color, is also resistant to leaf spot and powdery mildew!

Features: The Midnight Magic™ Crape Myrtle is small tree that only gets to 4-6’ high and wide. The foliage is a rich maroon color that stays prominent throughout the growing season, unlike regular crape myrtles that have green foliage. Dark pink flowers appear in July and bloom all the way to August, proving a great color contrast against the dark foliage. These trees can even combat the heat of the south while providing flowers that are saturated in color and never fade.

Crape Myrtle Tree Comparisons
Variety Flower Color Bloom Time Zones Height (ft) Width (ft) Growth Rate
Black Diamond Best Red Red July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 12 8 1 - 2ft / yr
Black Diamond Crimson Red Red July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 15 8 3 - 4ft / yr
Black Diamond Mystic Magenta Magenta Early July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 12 6-10 3 - 4ft / yr
Black Diamond Purely Purple Purple July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 15 6 - 10 3 - 4ft / yr
Black Diamond Red Hot Red Early July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 15 6-10 3 - 4ft / yr
Black Diamond Shell Pink Pink Early July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 12 6-10 3 - 4ft / yr
Catawba Violet Purple July to Late Sept 7 - 9 15 12 1 - 2ft / yr
Coral Magic Salmon Pink Late June to July 7 - 9 6 - 8 6-8 0.5 - 1ft / yr
Dynamite Cherry Red Early July to Oct 7 - 9 15 - 25 15 2 - 3ft / yr
Muskogee Lavender June to Oct 7 - 11 25 - 30 20 3 - 5ft / yr
Natchez White June to Oct 7 - 10 20 - 30 20 3 - 5ft / yr
Pink Velour Deep Pink Early July to Sept 7 - 10 8 - 10 10 0.5 - 1ft / yr
Plum Magic Pink Late June to July 7 - 9 6 - 8 6-8 0.5 - 1ft / yr
Purple Magic Dark Purple Late June to July 7 - 9 6 - 8 6-8 0.5 - 1ft / yr
Red Rocket Red July to Oct 7 - 9 20 - 30 15 3 - 5ft / yr
Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Well-drained
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 4-5 Feet
Mature Width 5-6 Feet
Fall Color Purple
Bloom Color Pink
Brand First Editions

How To Care

Be sure you choose the right location and have the appropriate conditions for your new Midnight Magic Crape Myrtle to thrive. Luckily Crape Myrtles are pretty easy to grow and don't require much maintenance at all. If you follow growing zone guidelines for your particular variety you can plant your crape myrtle just about any time of year. Midnight Magic Crape Myrtles grow in zones 7-9. We do recommend to avoid planting when temperatures are above 85 degrees.

These trees prefer full sun, but can tolerate some shade and are adaptable to just about any soil as long as it is well-draining. Crape Myrtles do enjoy a slightly acidic soil with a pH range of 5.0 or 6.5 being ideal, but as long as your soil isn't extremely alkaline there is no need to modify it. Mulching with a 2-3 inch layer of pine straw or pine bark is ideal for crape myrtles. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as these increases the chances of pests and disease. Mulching helps keep soil moist and protects roots during temperature extremes. Crape Myrtles should be watered deeply about 2 times per week after planting for about 3 months. After this establishment period, water deeply about once weekly when conditions are dry. Crape Myrtles are drought tolerant once established. Fertilize in early spring and when planting to give your tree a boost and help it achieve the best blooms. Choose a balanced, slow release fertilizer. If you know your soil is on the basic side choose a fertilizer that is for acid loving plants. Crape Myrtles do not generally require pruning, but if needed, prune when they are dormant to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches. Avoid the need to over prune your tree by choosing a variety that fits best in your chosen spot. You can choose a variety that is only 5 feet tall up to varieties that grow over 30 feet tall. Midnight Magic Crape Myrtles grow up to 6 feet tall and wide.

The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering and fertilization are the keys to your success. There are not many pests or diseases that cause severe problems for crape myrtles. Aphids are one of the few pests that attack crape myrtles. Minor infections aren't likely to cause problems, but a severe infection can weaken your tree. You can treat aphids naturally with horticultural oil, neem oil, or insecticidal soap. For severe infections use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin. The Magic series crape myrtles are extremely resistant to Powdery Mildew and other diseases.

Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Well-drained
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 4-5 Feet
Mature Width 5-6 Feet
Fall Color Purple
Bloom Color Pink
Brand First Editions

Landscape Ideas

The Magic series of Crape Myrtles will look great anywhere in your landscape.  The Midnight Magic is the smallest crape myrtle that we carry.  It will fit in even the smallest spaces and is lovely in large decorative pots.  The bold pink blooms and purple foliage are sure to brighten up your yard. The mature size of the Midnight variety is a mere 4-6 feet tall and wide so be mindful of this when choosing a spot for this tree-shrub. The Crapes in the Magic series look great as single specimens planted in your yard and provide a wonderful focal point for a bed or garden.  This variety tends to grow more like bush than a tree.  This Crape Myrtle will also look great framing your front door or the front entrance of your driveway or anchoring the corners of your home. Plant 1 on each side and watch your house turn into a home.  Another stellar look for these shrub-like crape myrtles is a grouped hedge or cluster.  You will love the color and beauty this will add to your yard.  Planting about 4 to 5 feet apart can even provide privacy in spring, summer and fall.  For cluster or group planting you can plant your Midnight Magics closer together but stagger so they still have room to grow.

Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Well-drained
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 4-5 Feet
Mature Width 5-6 Feet
Fall Color Purple
Bloom Color Pink
Brand First Editions
For additional options, be sure to browse our Crape Myrtle collection

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We plan each shipment to avoid your plants sitting in transit over the weekend during the summer months. This means your order may be held until the following Monday to ensure the shortest delivery time. We guarantee that your plants arrive at the highest quality possible.

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Nathalie w.
United States

Healthy plants

I ordered 3 and all came in perfect condition, they have only been in the ground 1 week and look very vibrant. The color is already striking with a few partial blooms on each plant, I can only imagine they will be stunning once established. The contrast between the dark leaf and almost neon flower is something else, if you are drawn to that type of contrast in the garden (eg black and chartreuse, dark purple with a bright blue, etc) then this will make you happy!

Pamela C.
United States

Love the Tree

The first order ended up dying but Customer Support was fantastic and replaced the two trees. My two new treees are thriving.


Awesome quality

The plant came in perfect condition, full, shaped and healthy. I could not be happier with my selection. Will definitely make more purchases in the future. By the way, dealing with these folks is a pleasure. Thank you.

A PlantingTree™ Online Garden Center Customer

beautiful plant

I was impressed with my Midnight Magic Crape Myrtle the minute I opened the box. Beautiful plant, that came in perfect condition. Looking forward to watching it bloom next year.

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